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Library Technicians


Employment for library technicians is expected to decline 3 percent through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Declining library utilization has impacted employment levels in this field. Additionally, positions for those working in local government and education services may be impacted by budget constraints. Nevertheless, the DOL reports that there will be approximately 27,800 new job openings for library technicians and assistants in the coming decade as workers leave the profession or retire and replacements are needed. Since a library technician earns less than a librarian, a library may find it more economical to hire the technician. The continued growth of special libraries in medical, business, and law organizations will lead to growing opportunities for technicians who develop specialized skills. A technician who has excellent computer skills and is able to learn quickly will be highly employable, as will a technician who shows the drive to gain advanced degrees and accept more responsibility. Employment prospects will be better at some employers than with others.

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